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£10m Iconic Facilities funding made available

Sport England has announced that £10m worth of National Lottery funding has been made available in the latest round of the Iconic Facilities programme. The initiative is designed to provide

investment in “large scale, state-of-the-art” venues capable of catering for a number of sports and helping increase participation. Iconic Facilities is one of three strands to

run under the ‘Places’ element of the wider Places People Play programme. Applicants can bid for grants of between £250,000 and £3m in the second of three rounds.

BASIS unveiled at Emirates Stadium

A new national organisation which aims to “educate, share best practice and integrate sustainability issues” across the UK sport sector has offi- cially launched in London. Te British Association for

Sustainable Sport (BASIS) is a voluntary association of clubs, venues, national governing bodies and others involved in the sport sector that aim to improve sustainability. It is hoped that the organ-

isation will also encourage sports fans to become more pro-actively involved in sustainability issues by using sport to connect with people. Te launch coincided with the publication

Te new organisation was launched at an event in London in October More than two thirds (68 per cent) of par-

of findings for a survey by BASIS, which was distributed to more than 180 organisations and venues. Out of the responses received, it was found that 95 per cent believe it is important to manage the impact of clubs and events.

A new-build element formed part of the scheme

£8.25m university facility to launch in Twickenham

Lord Coe and double Olympic medal- list Rebecca Romero have helped open an £8.25m sports centre at St Mary’s University College in Twickenham, London. Former 10,000m world record holder

Dave Bedford and representatives from Sport England also attended the unveil- ing of the facility, along with Olympians including Tim Brabants. Work has included a new sports hall;a

strength and conditioning suite and chang- ing spaces, with a new-build element created as an extension to the existing games hall and sports block.

Cardiff leisure centre plans to be reviewed

Plans to revamp a Cardiff leisure centre will be reviewed aſter Cardiff Council confirmed it was seeking an “alternative option” for its schools reorganisation programme. Cardiff Council had proposed the

Eastern Leisure Centre refurbishment as part of plans to develop a new secondary school on the centre’s site in Llanrumney. However, the council said that a reduc-

tion in funding from the Welsh Assembly Government has forced the rethink, with revised proposals for the leisure centre revamp now to be drawn up.

Graham nets £15.3m Kirkcaldy contract

Graham Construction has secured a £15.3m contract to build a new sports and leisure complex in Kirkcaldy, which will open in summer 2013. Fife Council and Fife Sports

and Leisure Trust are leading the scheme, which will see a new building offer a 25m, six-lane pool with spectator seating for 90 people. A training pool with move-

able floor, accessible wetside changing areas, a health suite with a sauna and steamroom and a 60-station fitness suite will be among the facilities. Elsewhere, a purpose built aerobics studio, a

four-court sports hall, a children’s play centre and a meeting room will also be included. The project forms part of a wider £55m investment in new leisure facilities across the

Te centre is scheduled to open in 2013 and forms part of a £55m scheme

region and it is expected that the Kirkcaldy venue will attract 200,000 visits each year. Alice Soper, chair of Fife Council’s Kirkcaldy

Area Committee, said: “Kirkcaldy’s new sports and leisure centre will provide more than just a pool for town.”

EHB launches new Rush Hockey format

England Hockey Board (EHB) has announced the launch of the new Rush Hockey format in a bid to engage with thousands of recreational players across the country. Designed to capitalise on an anticipated surge in interest around the 2012 Games, the

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Rush Hockey concept aims to replicate the suc- cess of the five-a-side format in football. Rush Hockey can be played either indoors or

outdoors and in four- or five-a-side matches, with the EHB now seeking to sign up new delivery partners to help roll out the format.

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ticipants said that they had an environmental policy in place, although 80 per cent said oper- ations took precedence over sustainability. The launch also featured presentations

from a number of groups, including a keynote speech by National Football League senior vice president of events Frank Supovitz.

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